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Radek Dvorak Traded to Atlanta ... Florida Panthers Get Niclas Bergfors

Radek Dvorak is on his way to Fort Lauderdale International Airport to hop a flight and join his new teammates.

Dvorak, the Panthers' Jeff Conine, is now a member of the Atlanta Thrashers.

The first trade of Monday's trade deadline day was completed between the two sagging Southeast Division rivals. Atlanta, which is in a downward spiral, could still turn things around and make a push. Dvorak says he believes that is the case and seems excited to try and help things out in Blueland.

Although it's obvious he would rather just stay here.

Dvorak: "If we were two points back, we don't make any changes. Things didn't go our way every night. Eight points isn't the end of the world, but this is behind me.''

The Panthers get back 23-year-old winger Niclas Bergfors from the Thrashers, a winger who Rick Dudley has been trying to move most of the year. Bergfors came to the ATL in the big Ilya Kovalchuk deal last year.

The Thrashers also threw in 32-year-old winger Patrick Rissmiller. He'll likely remain in the AHL and report to help out Rochester's playoff push. 

Added Dvorak: With Stillman and McCabe traded, "you think 'I'm going to be next.' You just move on. Atlanta has a young team, pushing for a spot.''